Bend or Break

Be flexible. Our children grow up too fast. I have graduated two and have one more to go. I am reminded daily how fast they have grown and that being flexible allows for a more enjoyable day. I learned through some stressful situations that I need to write my schedule out in pencil; this way I can adjust my schedule to the circumstances going on and daily search out the teachable moments and capitalize on those. Praise Jesus for pencils. 😉

A Homeschool Mom

Bend_BreakAs I glanced at my alarm clock, I could tell this was going to be a fun day. I was already running two hours behind and the day hadn’t even started yet! In addition to our late start, the kids were already beginning to squabble at each other and I had a long list of things which needed to get done.

I’m sure we’ve all had mornings like this one. Mornings, days, weeks, or months when things just don’t seem to gel. For whatever reason, our well-planned, organized life went haywire and we are struggling to catch up; setting our world to rights.

As home schoolers, this problem can cross over into all areas of our lives. Not only do we feel challenged to keep our households together, but our children’s education also needs to remain somewhat on track. While we don’t subscribe to a rigid form of learning, our children…

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God, Where is My Burning Bush So I Can Believe?

Dax gives us a good word here about how doubt can be a good thing. Read and see what he has to say.

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I am truly an infected saint. I doubt that God exists more than I care to admit. I have preached through much of the Scriptures. I have been through more schooling than should be allowed. I have dedicated my life to following Christ. Yet, I have times of doubt. Times where I wonder if it is real. “Is there anything beyond this life?,” is a question that whispers to me sometimes.

Honestly, I don’t like living by faith. I can see your face right now. It’s a look of disappointment. A pastor that doesn’t want to live by faith?! Shame on you, Dax. Yet, I really would like to know by visible signs. Not just trust and hope. I’d like for the Spirit to descend like a dove from the clouds and talk to me.Or a burning bush to start speaking to me in a divine voice and tell me…

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Don’t settle for empty carbs

 

27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” -Matthew 23:27-28 (ESV)

When God dwelt among us, robbed in the flesh as Jesus Christ (John 1:14), He spent time rebuking the religious people. Why? I believe the answer lies in what He says to them. He said that they were like whitewashed tombs full of dead people’s bones. Many equate religion with God. To them it is the same thing. To be religious is to be godly and follow God. But, we see in the Bible that that is just simply not true.

6″Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”-John 14:6 (ESV)

25″Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,”-John 11:25 (ESV)

If being in a religion is following God and He is life, then why were the religious people likened to a whitewashed tomb full of dead people’s bones? The answer is that they made too much of religion. To them is was the following of the law that saved them.

God saves us.

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Let me put it to you this way: Religion is to empty carbs as Jesus is to food with nutritional value. Religion leaves you hungry for more, and lacking in sufficient nutrients. With Jesus you will never hunger or thirst again, because your soul is being fed what God created you to be fed with.

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Since I met Jesus and became a disciple I have had periods where I was thirsty and hungry for Him. It was during those times that I had not nurtured my relationship with Him. I was homesick and just needed to spend time with Him. So, when I say that you will never hunger or thirst again I am saying that as long as you are nurturing your relationship with Him you will not. The thing with religion is that you hunger and thirst and try to fill it with works of service and what not all, but you eventually become weary and feeling dried up inside (dead people’s bones, hello). You act right, you do all the right things, but it is never good enough. You never find that point of satisfaction and peace; that only comes from Jesus.

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With Jesus, I am enough, just as I am. He loves me and gently corrects me. He blesses me when I walk in obedience; when I stumble and fall, He picks me up and washes me off. When I spend time with Him, He fills my soul with good nutrition. With that nutrition I am able to do good works and pour out my life into the lives of others.

Can you be in a relationship with Jesus and be religious? Yes. I am not saying that being religious is wrong. We need to be in community; together with other disciples of Christ we make up the body of Christ, with Him as our head. We should gather together to spur one another on, and to lift one another up. What I am saying is that you need to evaluate yourself. Are you trying to reach God through your religion; or are you joining yourself to other Christians, as the body of believers, because Jesus reached you with His atoning power? There is a difference. Check to see if there is any Pharisee in you and then repent.

Don’t settle for empty carbs. Go for the good stuff.

By His Grace,

Momma Birdy

Four Keys to Manifesting Your Purpose

This has been a word in season for me. I hope that it brings encouragement and direction to you as well.
By His Grace,
Momma Birdy

prayer & practice

Four Keys

“There is no difference between my humanness and your humanness, the only thing is if you’re trying to get there, you cannot stop believing.”- Tyler Perry

Focus, Hard Work, Believing & Grace

Pick one and start there; to get anything done successfully you will need to engage them all!

I started with grace. Grace has been defined as unmerited favor; goodness or gifts that are bestowed upon us that we have no reason to expect.

The challenge lies not in the lack of grace in our lives but lies in our inability to recognize and acknowledge it.  Acts of grace are abundant and are all around us. Here are a few gifts of grace that you may have lost sight of;

It is by God’s grace that:

  • We can ponder the idea of a life of greater purpose.
  • We desire right and not wrong.
  • We have this day, this…

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Freedom

We live in a great country that was established on the very conviction of freedom. But, as American-flag-map-3Americans, do we have the same idea about freedom that our founding fathers did? I am convinced more today than ever before that we have a very selfish, twisted view of freedom.

Today I was watching Jim Caviezel’s Testimony. If you don’t know who Jim Caviezel is, he is the man who played Jesus in ‘The Passion of the Christ’ directed by Mel Gibson. Thorn again … Jim Caviezel as Jesus in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (2004).In this interview he said something that hit home to me. I have been praying for the people of our country and I have watched the selfish, twisted view of freedom play out before me over the years. Jim said, “Every generation of Americans needs to know that freedom exists not to do what you like, but having the right to do what you ought.”

I agree 100% with him. The Bible says in John 8:36 (ESV) “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” This is a verse that really excites me. I am free. Romans 8:2 (ESV) “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” That is liberating news, especially to the person crushed by the guilt and weight of their sins. Too many use this freedom to do what they like as Jim Caviezel pointed out. What does God say to do with our freedom?

“Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” 1 Peter 2:16 (ESV)

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13 (ESV)

” This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 (ESV)

“For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 7:22 (ESV)

There are many, many more verses that keep with the same idea. Our freedom is from sin and death. Our freedom is the right to do what we ought, to be a servant of Christ, to love one another.

Let freedom truly ring in your life. Love God. Love others.

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By His Grace,

Momma Birdy